Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Progress on Water Street

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Demolition, remediation to start this winter

By Dan DuChene
Sep. 23, 2009    ·    10:31 a.m.


Ypsilanti hopes to have buildings removed and soil remediated on Water Street before spring ends in 2010.

City Council unanimously selected Florida-based Environment Consulting and Technology, Inc. to spear head the grant-funded $850,000 project to demolish remaining buildings and remediate contaminated soil in the long-stalled project.

Among 11 other applicants that responded to a bid request from the city by the Sept. 11 deadline, ECT was recommended to City Council based on four different criteria, City Planner Richard Murphy said at the meeting Tuesday.

He said staff considered experience and capabilities, understanding of technical requirements for the site, proposed scope of work and competitive pricing and timeline. Murphy said the city has been working with ECT for much of the project’s 10-year history, which puts the firm in a good position to spearhead this project for the city.

Of the total budget, ECT will be receiving $100,000 for planning the project and bidding out work to other contractors, according to John D’Addona, the company’s brownfield services manager. He said the firm will be selecting contractors based on city bidding requirements.

D’Addona said his firm will begin planning the project as soon as the money is allowed to be spent, Oct. 1. Bids for contracted work will likely go out in November, with work starting on the site in December. He said the project would be wrapping up with some light work in April.

Funding for the project comes from four different grants applied for as late as Nov. 2008. $600,000, the bulk of the project’s budget, came from three different grants from the Environmental Protection Agency. An additional $250,000 was awarded from the Washtenaw County Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

D’Addona said he isn’t completely sure all of the work will be completed inside his budget. He said there may be some below ground demolition that doesn’t get finished, depending on the scope of the work inside his project budget. He said unexpected costs may arise due to unknown problems or set backs.

“We’ve got money for what we know,” D’Addona said.

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